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The world is on the brink of Armageddon. A full-scale global thermonuclear war has broken out, and as a general in a bunker somewhere, you must direct your offensive and defensive systems to nuke your opponents. Nobody wins, but maybe you can lose the least. Everybody dies.

DEFCON is an online multiplayer strategy game, but it can also be played in a singleplayer mode. Players place units, such as missile silos, airbases and radar dishes, on their territorial maps, and the game counts down from DEFCON 5 to DEFCON 1, during which time the players are to make strategic choices to eliminate their opponents without losing too much themselves.

The gameplay is shown on a large world map and the action is represented by icons and lines reminiscent of the drawing style of their two previous games: Darwinia and Uplink.


DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows ICBMs are launched across the world
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows At Defcon level 1, things start to get nuclear
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows In the end, scores are calculated, but thousands of people are dead.
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows New fleets move across the screen

Promo Images

DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "DEFCON: Strategic Nuclear War" -- 2007 budget release title
  • "Defcon: Guerre Mondiale ThermonuclĂ©aire " -- French title
  • "DEFCON: guerra termonucleare globale" -- Italian title
  • "DEFCON: Globalna Wojna Termonuklearna" -- Polish title
  • "DEFCON: Everybody Dies" -- European title

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User Reviews

So damned dark, its hard to take it seriously. Victor Joseph (9) unrated
A breathtaking anti-war game Lumpi (206) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A so-so game that makes you feel like a horrible person kvn8907 (180) 0.67 Stars0.67 Stars0.67 Stars0.67 Stars0.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Couch Oct 03, 2006 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Oct 06, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Softpedia Oct 10, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
FZ Oct 09, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Feb 07, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Game Sphere Dec 14, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Netjak Oct 30, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Mana Pool Feb 28, 2011 7.8 out of 10 78
Gameslave UK Oct 14, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Bordersdown Feb, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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When the Bomb Goes Off 1 Lumpi (206)
May 07, 2009


1001 Video Games

DEFCON appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


DEFCON is probably inspired by Wargames more than anything else (the movie and it's videogame adaptation). The game's look as well as text on the main menu are direct references to this.


DEFCON applies a bunch of casual sounds to heighten the psychological effect of dealing with a thermonuclear war. Among these, the background music stays very much in the background. However as the game approaches the Defcon 1 stage, the background music increases in both tempo and strength. During actual nuclear war, piano key strikes can be heard as nuclear warheads impact with cities.


  • Games for Windows Magazine
    • March 2007 - #6 Game of the Year
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optrirominiluikus (118) added DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game (Windows) on Oct 01, 2006
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